Editors' Picks: The Best Hair Masks for Dry, Ravaged Strands
Regardless of the time of year, our dry, dehydrated strands can't seem to catch a break. And the current season is kind of like being in the eye of the storm. (We were actually going to say the inferno, but that felt a bit dramatic.) First, we still have lingering hot temperatures to contend with, but then we have things like rain and humidity (depending on where you live, of course) to wrestle with as well. Suffice to say, our strands aren't having it, and our addiction to heat styling and perennial visits to the colourist aren't particularly helping the situation.
Sound familiar? Just us? Well, in case you've been feeling the same, we're here to help in the form of sharing our favourite hydrating and repairing hair masks for damaged hair—ever. From all-natural soothers that smell of palo santo to a cheapie drugstore favourite beauty editors love, you’ll find something for your in-need-of-repair strands in this roundup. Here’s to shiny, hair-commercial locks! Keep scrolling to discover the seven best hair masks for damaged hair, according to Byrdie editors who have been there.
David Mallett Mask No. 1: L'Hydration ($104)
The idea behind French hair guru David Mallet’s cult-favorite hair mask is as simple as the chic black-and-white packaging: to hydrate your strands like a tall glass of water. Made with Keravis, a powerful protein complex, the unscented formula penetrates deep into your strands to restore shine, body, and bounce. We can’t get enough.
Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque ($89)
White tea, baobab oil, and jasmine extracts help make this creamy hair mask a Byrdie-editor favourite—oh, and Oribe’s obsession-worthy signature scent doesn’t hurt, either. Slather it on your strands and let the plant collagen, biotin, and niacinamide absorb. Then, rinse out for super-soft, heavenly smelling hair.
Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak ($48)
For truly tuckered tresses, this rebuilding mask from Davines is a godsend. Fortified with helpful ingredients like jojoba, keratin, and wheat protein (among others), it has the ability to breathe new life into damaged hair. Just make sure not to overdose on the stuff. We recommend applying a generous dollop to damp hair post-shampoo, letting it sit for 10 minutes, and then rinsing thoroughly. Your hair will look and feel almost unrecognisable.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System ($51)
Truly, this brilliant mask system for damaged hair couldn't be niftier and is great for rejuvenating strands with moisture and strength regardless of type or texture. Plus, it’s fun to use in that it boasts a one-two-punch design: a cap system that not only features a reparative essence for ultimate conditioning but also locks in steam and heat for top-notch absorption. Essentially, it’s like getting a salon treatment while you binge on Netflix.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask ($93)
A super-intensive formula for even the direst of damage, this regenerating formula from Christophe Robin works for every hair texture (though it’s especially lovely for thicker hair types) and seamlessly absorbs pear seed oil into dehydrated strands for exceptional moisture and smoothness. Curious about the hero ingredient? According to the brand, prickly pear is rife with antioxidants and other natural reparative properties.
Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Masque ($68)
When multiple editors shout their applause and admiration for the same hair mask pertaining to damaged hair, you know you’ve found good-hair-day gold. Loved equally by senior editor Hallie Gould and features editor Amanda Montell (who have very different hair types and lengths, by the way), this formula boasts the ultimate treatment for super-damaged strands. With lotus flower and ceramides (and a dreamy twilight-inspired scent), this one belongs in your arsenal ASAP.
Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Masque ($90)
Last but certainly not least, this cocoa butter–enriched hair mask for damage comes in clutch whether you have thick and coiled strands or short and fine. Not to mention it’s safe for colour-treated hair, imparts lusty shine, repairs stressed-out strands, and smells like the French Riviera to boot. That is all.
Up next, check out these helpful home remedies for dry hair.